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All Saints Church, Witley, Surrey

April: opening us to the joy of nature and love of God

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Despite the occasional frost, the shoots and songs of Spring are now well established all around us. April as a month possibly derives from the Latin "to open", and that is true in both the natural and spiritual worlds. To start with, the birds are singing loudly in the early morning and the mischievous brigands who have been hibernating are all out and about.

From the practical viewpoint, I would have my plans for the lovely vicarage garden in full swing by now if it wasn't for the advice of wiser heads to resist the temptation and to leave the garden alone - save for lawnmowing and much needed tidying - for 12 months. Whilst this makes eminent good sense to gain a comprehensive appreciation for the space and its current establishment of plants, it is truly frustrating at this time. A real Lenten challenge!

At All Saints, we have been enjoying some of our folks sharing stories about living out their faith in their family and work lives on Tuesday evenings since Ash Wednesday. These have been very interesting, even humbling, and initiated some stimulating conversations. We shall soon be at the great festival of the Christian year, Holy Week and Easter. The annual remembrance and retelling in dramatic ritual, music and word of the vivid events of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, his arrest, trial, death and resurrection are always powerful and thought provoking. To share in the joy of his triumphant welcome at Palm Sunday, the depth of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, the despair of death on Good Friday and the exultation of resurrection and new life on Easter Day are a rollercoaster of the whole gamut of human emotions. I find it connects us to God, each other, the world and what really matters more than anything else I have ever experienced. We come face to face with ourselves, our strengths and weaknesses, and our way through to salvation. Amazing. Do come and join us.

In short, the 17th century priest and poet, George Herbert, puts it thus in his poem 'Easter':
"Rise heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing his praise without delays,
Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise with him mayst rise:
That, as his death calcined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and much more just."

I hope that this April will 'open' both your joy and reflection in and on life.

James McKeran

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All Saints Church has a huge wooden door, which, while being very old and attractive in its own way can be a physical barrier to those who have never entered All Saints before - don't let it be like that. Turn the handle, push the door and come in, all are welcome. Inside you will find a building that is filled with the prayers of 1000 years, a wall painting that is 900 years old, a 700-year-old Lady Chapel with medieval stained glass, signs of the conflict in the 16th and 17th century with an unfinished memorial tablet in the sanctuary and several other family memorials. The 18th century put in a gallery which was removed by the Victorians who added so much more, including a whole aisle on the North Side. The Victorians with three generations of Chandler Vicars built the organ, the bell tower and the vestry. They refurbished the chancel ceiling, floor and altar and put up memorials to the eminent people of the day as they passed on. The beginning of the 20th century completed the collection of stained glass windows and introduced the pews we have now, instead of the previous box pews. All Saints is full of history reflecting the needs of the generations who have worshipped here before us. There have been many changes in the past few years which help us now to use the church on a daily basis for many different groups. There is a children's trail available with many interesting things to find out and see.

Please do come inside and explore and have time for yourself, the church is open in daylight hours. Or come and meet with others to worship or chat everyone is welcome.

If anyone would like to speak to Ann, please ring or email and we will endeavour to meet you as soon as we can.

The All Saints Parish Office, is in the grounds of Witley Infant School, opposite the Church.

Wishing you every blessing

James McKeran         Ann Fraser
                       James McKeran                                     Ann Fraser

The parish of Witley is made up of the villages of Witley, Brook, Wormley and Sandhills. The Parish Church of All Saints dates from about 1040 and is situated just off the main Petworth Road (A283) in Church Lane, opposite the White Hart public house. Witley CofE Infant School is opposite the church and has close links with it.

Apart from a regular pattern of worship on Sundays and Holy Days, the church serves the whole parish and after recent refurbishment is available every day for a variety of uses. The door is open in daylight hours for anyone who may wish to spend a quiet few moments or longer in the peace and quiet of this ancient building.

The mission of the church in Witley is to bring the love of God to all who live and work there. The church is open to all people, and here to serve the entire parish. Everyone is welcome at all services and other events and anyone is welcome to use the space in church for their own charitable or social events where appropriate. Click here for more information on using the church for your event.

If you are new to the area you are very welcome! There are a wide range of activities going on around the church that may interest you.

A team of Pastoral Assistants visit the housebound, take Communion to those who can't get to church for whatever reason, and generally help the clergy keep an eye on pastoral needs.

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